The Lisbon Judgment of the German Federal Constitutional Court – New Guidance on the Limits of European Integration?
German Law Journal, vol. 11, no. 4, 367-390 (2010)
102 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2014
Date Written: 2010
The German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) has found that there are no constitutional objections against the Lisbon Treaty. At the same time, the FCC imposed limitations to future integration by identifying a number of state functions that are non-amenable to integration and which have to be retained at the national level. This article examines the scope and content of these core competencies. It also discusses to what extent the criteria used by the FCC for the determination of core competencies might reflect a European-wide standard for the determination of limits to the transfer of competencies to the European Union. The article concludes that the judgment clarifies the limitations of the transfer of competencies, even though the criteria used by the FCC cannot claim to produce the set of inalienable sovereign powers that were recognized as such throughout the Union.
JEL Classification: F15
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